Salisbury Cathedral

The Making of a Medieval Masterpiece

Tim Tatton-Brown

    ISBN: 978 1 85759 927 5

    Size: 270 x 240 mm / 9.5 x 10.7 in.

    Binding: Paperback

    Pages: 128

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    Date published: March, 2009

    UK £16.95 /US $29.95


  • Illuminating and authoritative account of the architectural history of Salisbury Cathedral
  • Outstanding new photography and lucid, informative text
  • Reprinted edition includes a foreword by the new Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam


Salisbury Cathedral, a famously beautiful work of ecclesiastical architecture, was erected within about 40 years in a single style (Early English Gothic), the only substantial additions being the tower and spire, which were completed by about 1330. Tim Tatton-Brown reveals the story of how a great medieval cathedral was built, from the laying of the very first foundations in 1219 to the completion of the great spire, the tallest in Britain at 122 metres high. Drawing on history and geology as well as his expertise in architecture, he shows the wider context of the building, situating its development against the background of English politics of successive ages. He covers with similar authority the relatively few later changes to the structure, right up to the recent installation of a fine new font. His text is accompanied by outstanding new photographs by John Crook, along with drawings, engravings and other illustrations.

Author information

Tim Tatton-Brown has been the Consultant Archaeologist to the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral since 1990. He is a buildings archaeologist and architectural historian, and the author of several books, including The English Cathedral, The English Church, The Abbeys and Priories of England and Lambeth Palace: A History of the Archbishops of Canterbury and their Houses.